December 6, 2010

Christmas Music for the Whole Family

5051452_Birth_of_JesusWe have been practicing and learning our Christmas hymns since the end of October this year.  I thought I would share with you the links, as well as some other neat helps I have found along the way.  Depending on the song, we may learn one verse or all the verses.  By clicking on the title of each song you will be able to hear the music and see the words, all of which you can download for free.  Just a hint – we like to burn all the Christmas music to a cd and listen to it every day, and I added the songs to my IPod Touch for listening on the go as well.  There are more Christmas songs in the books but these 19 are the ones we’re working on this year.  Yes, I’m nothing if not ambitious. 
First up, music from the Children’s Songbook:
  1. Samuel Tells of Baby Jesus
  2. Stars Were Gleaming
  3. When Joseph Went to Bethlehem
  4. The Shepherd’s Carol
  5. Away in a Manger (this is different than the one in my second list)
  6. Picture a Christmas
  7. The Nativity Song
  8. Christmas Bells
And music from the Hymn book:
  1. Joy to the World
  2. Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful
  3. Angels We Have Heard on High
  4. Silent Night
  5. Away in a Manger
  6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  7. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  8. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  9. With Wondering Awe
  10. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  11. The First Noel
Picture helps for the Primary songs:  Check out JollyJenn.com.  She has made flipcharts and thumbnails using pictures and words to help children learn each song.  What’s the difference?  For flipcharts each pictured part of the song with it’s words is on a full size sheet of paper.  Thumbnails are miniature version that are easy to laminate and give to your children for their very own copy!  We’ve even cut them out as mini cards before to mix up the parts to the song and practice putting it back in order. Do you have a favorite Christmas hymn or song?  From this list I think my favorites are The Nativity Song, With Wondering Awe, and Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful.  Of course, if you ask me tomorrow my answer may change!  What songs do you want your children to learn this year?  Start listening and singing today – they will learn them faster than mom and dad can! Tristan is mother to 6 children ranging in age from 9 down to newborn.  She blogs at Our Busy Homeschool most days, so stop by for a visit!



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Dana ♥ said...

I just had some time to look at the flip charts and thumbnails you linked. What a great resource for parents! Thanks Tristan! I've bookmarked the site for future use.